2016 Spring Festival Celebrations

The UNSW Confucius Institute and Kingsford-Smith MP Matt Thistlethwaite host Chinese New Year celebrations for the second year running.

Following the success of their first collaboration for Spring Festival activities in 2015, the UNSW Confucius Institute and the office of Federal Member for Kingsford-Smith, Matt Thistlethwaite MP came together once again to host “Celebrate Chinese Spring Festival, A Taste of Chinese Culture,” a Chinese New Year celebration in Eastern Sydney’s Dacey Gardens Park.

The Vice-Consul General of the People’s Rebublic of China in Sydney, Lyu Guijun; Federal Member for Kingsford-Smith, Matt Thistlethwaite MP; Ron Hoenig MP; Botany Bay City Council Vice-Mayor, Stan Kondillios: Randwick City Council Mayor, Noel D’Souza as well as UNSW Confucius Institute Director, Laurie Pearcey, were in attendance to give speeches at the event.

Vice-Consul General of the People’s Rebublic of China in Sydney, Lyu Guijun, warmly extended New Year’s greetings, recognising that harmonious Sino-Australian relations have already increased community interest. Holding Chinese New Year activities is helping to create a deeper understanding of Chinese culture for the general population of Australia and promoting exchanges between the two countries.

Matt Thistlethwaite MP emphasised the importance of multicultural communities, and followed this by saying Australia has become one the most successful multicultural communities in the world and celebrating Chinese New Year is a great way to recognize the many achievements from the cooperation over the past year. He finished by saying he hopes for continued success and new achievements in the New Year.

Various other Federal MPs, Professor Wang Xiaojia from the Chinese Consulate General’s education division and a number of other councilors were also came to support the event.

There were many Chinese activities and demonstrations to experience at the event, including: student performances of traditional Chinese folk dancing and music, lion dances, tastings of traditional Chinese and Asian foods, there was also demonstrations of traditional Chinese clothing, face painting, Chinese knotting, paper cutting, Diabolo juggling and other interactive activities by teachers and ambassadors at the Confucius Institute. The Confucius Institute also prepared 1200 red envelopes with chocolate coins for attendees of the event.


Community members receive their own Chinese names
From left: Laurie Pearcey, Matt Thistlethwaite MP, Vice-Consul General Lu Guijun, Mayor Noel D’Souza, Vice-Mayor Stan Kondilios, The Hon. Ron Hoenig MP

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